Nonprofits are gearing up once again on Sept.19 for Communities Foundation of Texas’ annual North Texas Giving Day.
Intended to help build support and awareness for nonprofits, this 18-hour online giving event allows nonprofits across North Texas to fundraise to help fill a need. Those who’d like to give can either give a donation directly on an organization’s page on the North Texas Giving Day website on Sept. 19, or they can schedule a donation until Sept. 18.
Several local nonprofits look to North Texas Giving Day as a way to get an extra financial boost so they can continue to serve residents.
Some of those include NTX Community Food Pantry and Metro Relief, both in The Colony.
Gina Harrison, CEO of NTX Community Food Pantry, said the nonprofit has a goal of raising $24,000.
“We have $12,000 a year for our food budget, and we’re trying to double that so we can provide more food for the pantry,” Harrison said. “From January to June last year to this year we’ve had a 22-percent increase in guests coming in.”
Harrison said NTX Community Food Pantry serves residents from outside The Colony as well, such as Little Elm and Carrollton.
Harrison said if enough money is raised she would like to be able to purchase another refrigerator. She said she would also like to have enough money to supply more milk.
“Milk is a staple for people. You can do so much with it,” Harrison said.
In addition to providing funding, North Texas Giving Day also helps get the word out about nonprofits in the area.
“It’s a great opportunity for awareness and donations,” said Marci Pritts, director of education and outreach for United Way of Denton County. “This educates people on the great work the nonprofits are doing.”
According to the North Texas Giving Day website, over $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 donations in 2018, benefiting 2,700 local nonprofits.
This year, the event will continue to include FUNdraising pages, a new giving tool introduced last year. These pages give supporters of a nonprofit the chance to raise money on an organization’s behalf.
During giving day, a number of multi-county and service events will be held throughout North Texas including Celebration on the Square, which runs from 5-8 p.m. on the Denton Courthouse lawn, SoDenCo Giving Day, which runs from 5-7:30 p.m. at Parker Square in Flower Mound and Farmstead Yoga, which runs from 5:30-8 p.m. at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano.
Other events include Food Trucks at Hall Park, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hall Park in Frisco.
To schedule a donation, find an organization and more go to northtexasgivingday.org/.